John Malkovich is set to star in David Mamet’s new play at the Garrick Theatre. 

Playing in the West End from the 7th June, Bitter Wheat is David Mamet’s first new play since China Doll, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, starring Al Pacino.

As well as writing the play, David Mamet will direct this world premiere production which is set to star John Malkovich making his return to the stage after thirty three years.

Hollywood is a hell hole. Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent. Bitter Wheat is a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul. It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound which is show business, and leaves us better human beings, and fitter to once more confront the horror of life. Our hero, Barney Fein, is a bloated monster – a studio head, who like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured into his cave. His fall from power to shame is a mythic journey which has been compared to The Odyssey by people who claim to have read that book.

John Malkovich is best known recently for directing productions including Good Canary at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in 2016 and recently starring as Hercule Poirot in a new version of the ABC Murders on the BBC. He will be joined on stage by Doon Mackichan, known for her work on television series such as Plebs and Knowing Me and  Ionna Kimbrook, who will make her theatre debut in the play as Yung Kim Li. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Bitter Wheat will play at the Garrick Theatre from the 7th June. To  book tickets click here or visit: See Tickets, Love Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Encore Tickets or From the Box Office.